President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier today the 6th of April, 2021, approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba as the new Acting Inspector General of Police.
Buhari made this announcement through the Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi this afternoon in Abuja. The appointment was also confirmed by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad via his Twitter handle.
The Acting IGP who joined the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on the 15th of March, 1988, was born on the 1st of March, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe state.
The new Police boss has held several strategic posts in the past which include;
Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi, Zone-7 Abuja, Commissioner of Police FCT, Delta State Commissioner of Police amongst others. He was Force Secretary, then Ag. DIG in charge of Finance and Administration.
He obtained a BA (ED) in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985. In 1997, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MBA) from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Yobe born IGP is a fellow of the National Defence College, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has attended several professional courses/workshops.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had extended the tenure of former IGP Mohammed Adamu in office, an extension which was widely criticized by many.
Reactions have also trailed Alkali’s appointment as former IGP Adamu was replaced while on official duty in Imo state concerning the earlier attacks on a Police station and prison.